Each weekday during leading up to Lightning training camp in mid-September, TampaBayLightning.com will take a look at a Bolts player before the 2014-15 NHL season...
Defenseman Eric Brewer
ACQUIRED From St. Louis in exchange for D Brock Beukeboom and a third-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on February 18, 2011
BORN Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
EXPERIENCE NHL – 16th, Lightning – 5th
Signed by Tampa Bay to a four-year contract on June 24, 2011
2013-14 SEASON: Skated in 77 games with the Lightning, posting 4 goals and 17 points to go along with 59 penalty minutes…Ranked 3rd on the Lightning with 139 hits…Notched a pair of goals for his third career 2-goal game on Apr. 11 vs. CBJ…Skated in a season-best 24:57 TOI on Apr. 11 vs. CBJ…Recorded a season-best +3 rating and notched his 2nd goal of the season on Apr. 10 vs. PHI…Missed 3 games with an upper body injury from Dec. 23-29…Skated in his 900th career NHL game on Oct. 29 at NJD…Named an assistant captain on March 6….2014 Playoffs: Skated in all 4 playoff games with the Lightning, recording 3 shots on goal.
SEASON PREVIEW IN 50 WORDS OR LESS: Brewer finished with a plus or even rating in 60 of 77 games last year playing fewer minutes. Former Blues captain brings a veteran presence to the Bolts blue line and locker room.
SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT -- Brewer likes his coffee before games and a Bolts fan recognized him as a frequent customer.
GET TO KNOW ERIC BREWER